May 7, 2016

College lecture format discriminates ? Biased against undergraduates who are not white, male and affluent?

Slatepitch ?

DOES the college lecture discriminate? Is it biased against undergraduates who are not white, male and affluent?

The notion may seem absurd on its face. The lecture is an old and well-established tradition in education. To most of us, it simply is the way college courses are taught. Even online courses are largely conventional lectures uploaded to the web.

Yet a growing body of evidence suggests that the lecture is not generic or neutral, but a specific cultural form that favors some people while discriminating against others, including women, minorities and low-income and first-generation college students. This is not a matter of instructor bias; it is the lecture format itself -- when used on its own without other instructional supports -- that offers unfair advantages to an already privileged population.

Annie Murphy Paul, author of the forthcoming book "Brilliant: The Science of How We Get Smarter."

April 11, 2016

We pay a price: for everything we add, we lose something

In particular, we need to be aware of the fact that there is no such thing as absolute progress, that every time we add something to our world, we take something away as well.

It's the Eastern notion of balance, of yin and yang, at play: Everything Better Is Purchased At The Price Of Something Worse. Life does not by definition only get better when someone invents a new phone or car or facial cream, even if that phone makes it easier to talk to someone thousands of miles away, or the car makes it easier to go see people, or get away from them, or the cream dissolves wrinkles like magic. It doesn't work like that.

We pay a price: for everything we add, we lose something. The question then becomes: what do we value most. But that's a question we never ask: we see everything new as an addition to our lives, and ignore what gets taken away from us.

-- Raúl Ilargi Meijer, editor-in-chief of The Automatic Earth

April 10, 2016

Four necessary attributes, objectives

Work that you love;
Work you're great at;
Work the world needs; and
Work you can get paid for.


-- Jeena Cho, author of The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation (ABA).

April 8, 2016

Dog food innovation or garbage innovation ?

We are still in early days here, but when there is that much attention and money being spent for this, there will eventually be compostable insulation or dissolvable insulation you can put into water and turn into dog food or something.

Someone will make a dent so people can have access to meal kits without the guilt."

-- Andy Levitt, who started the Purple Carrot.

April 6, 2016

Since when does New York City look across the Hudson for a policy blueprint?

"Since when does New York City look across the Hudson for a policy blueprint?"

Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, a Democrat from Manhattan, said in a statement.

"Whatever happens in Jersey City stays in Jersey City. With scarce affordable housing and unified opposition to illegal hotels here, this development will have zero impact on the law in New York."

April 1, 2016

Where were you when Kanye West needed a rug ?

"I specifically ordered persian rugs with cherub imagery!!! What do I have to do to get a simple persian rug with cherub imagery uuuuugh," Kanye West lamented in a 2010 tweet that has since been deleted but whose relatable misfortune remains foremost in the hearts of his countrymen.

March 31, 2016

A non-universal normativism

David Haekwon Kim: In doing philosophy, I often approach normative issues with concerns about lived experience, cultural difference, political subordination, and social movements changing conditions of agency.

March 29, 2016

Always on iPhone

Young people spoke to me enthusiastically about the good things that flow from a life lived by the rule of three, which you can follow not only during meals but all the time. First of all,

1. There is the magic of the always available elsewhere. You can put your attention wherever you want it to be.
2. You can always be heard.
3. You never have to be bored.

When you sense that a lull in the conversation is coming, you can shift your attention from the people in the room to the world you can find on your phone. But the students also described a sense of loss.

-- Sherry Turkle

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March 21, 2016

Smack or Smackdown ? Trump in poor white towns

The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. Forget all your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap. Forget your sanctimony about struggling Rust Belt factory towns and your conspiracy theories about the wily Orientals stealing our jobs. Forget your goddamned gypsum, and, if he has a problem with that, forget Ed Burke, too. The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles.

Donald Trump's speeches make them feel good. So does OxyContin. What they need isn't analgesics, literal or political. They need real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul. If you want to live, get out of Garbutt. -- Kevin D. Williamson is roving correspondent for National Review. This article originally appeared in the March 28, 2016, issue of National Review.

-- Kevin D. Williamson